On May 8, 2012, Public Health Law Center Staff Attorney Natasha Frost joined other child care experts to present at the Weight of the Nation conference. Other presenters included Dr. Dianne Ward, Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health; Dr. Laura Kettle Khan, Senior Scientist in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control; and Dr. Adam Becker, Executive Director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children. This group provided examples of how child care settings are regulated and discussed whether local regulations could be an effective tool for advancing science-based obesity prevention strategies in Early Care and Education programs. Panelists provided the landscape of the state child care regulatory system. In addition, panelists described preliminary evaluation results of child care regulations adopted in Chicago and New York City, including regulations to address increasing physical activity, reducing television viewing time, and promoting higher nutritional standards.
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